Once your child has reached their late teens, they will often be told it is time to get their wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom teeth are the third molar that starts to grow in around age 17 to 20, and although they won’t always have to be removed, for most people they can cause a lot of problems. At Elk Grove Smile Center, we do in-office extractions, including wisdom teeth removal, to help keep your oral health on track.
Why We Remove Wisdom Teeth
- Avoid crowding – Most people do not have enough room in their mouths to accommodate four more teeth, so when their wisdom teeth come in, they start to push other teeth out of the way. This can lead to healthy teeth shifting, crowding, or becoming crooked, and, if not removed soon enough, may require orthodontic treatment to repair. Generally, removing wisdom teeth as soon as possible will allow teeth to have enough room to shift back into place without further treatment.
- Impacted wisdom teeth – Wisdom teeth rarely grow in straight, and will often grow in crooked or completely sideways. When this happens, the wisdom tooth becomes impacted against another tooth and can start to push it out of place or into other teeth, creating a domino effect. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be incredibly painful and require oral surgery to remove.
- Partially grown wisdom teeth – In some cases, the wisdom tooth may push through the gum line before it becomes impacted, or won’t grow in completely. This creates a gum flap that can be an easy place for food particles and bacteria to hide. If the food particles and bacteria aren’t removed, they can lead to infection and gum disease. By removing the tooth, the gum will be able to heal and seal itself from infection.
Do You Need an Extraction?
Soreness or pain in the back of your mouth can be a good indication your wisdom teeth are coming in. When you come in for a consultation, your dentist will do an x-ray to see which way the wisdom teeth are coming in and if you need to have them extracted. If you are in the Elk Grove Village, IL area and would like to schedule your extraction consultation, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.